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Barry Drenches Gulf Coast, but Spares New Orleans

Storm weakens, but could still cause disastrous flooding elsewhere

(Newser) - Weakened but still potent, Barry inundated the Gulf Coast but appeared unlikely to deluge New Orleans as it continued its slow advance. Still, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Saturday urged residents across south Louisiana to stay "vigilant," warning that Barry could still cause disastrous flooding across a wide... More »

Barry Is Coming as Gulf Coast Braces

Tropical Storm Barry is expected to make landfall as a hurricane Friday or Saturday

(Newser) - New Orleans was bracing for a likely hurricane Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry formed over the Gulf, the second named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. Barry is expected to make landfall along the Louisiana coast as a hurricane Friday night or early Saturday, AccuWeather reports; if it does... More »

Mississippi River Could 'Overtop' New Orleans Levees in Coming Storm

City braces for expected hurricane

(Newser) - Louisiana declared a state of emergency Wednesday as a severe storm swamped New Orleans and a possible hurricane was on its way. NOLA.com 's headline for its photo story: "New Orleans underwater." In a separate piece, NOLA.com reports the Mississippi River is expected to rise... More »

'Ghostly Reminder' of Katrina Set for Destruction

New Orleans mayor says it's time for abandoned Six Flags amusement park to go

(Newser) - The abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans once resounded with children's laughter and the shrieks of passengers on the thrill rides. Now the only sound is the drone of the cicadas. The amusement park on the city's eastern edge is perhaps the most high-profile, lingering, and ghostly reminder... More »

Dr. John, a Unique Voice of New Orleans, Dies

Musician combined rock and rhythm and blues with his hoodoo style

(Newser) - Dr. John, the New Orleans singer and piano player who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died Thursday, his family said. He was 77, the AP reports. In a statement, the family said the musician born Mac Rebennack died of a... More »

Diana Ross Says She Felt 'Violated' at Airport

She can 'still feel' screener's hands

(Newser) - Diana Ross says she felt "violated" by an airport screener who touched her between her legs after she performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In a series of tweets on Sunday, the Motown legend says she blames the Transportation Security Administration for a screening at the... More »

New Orleans Mayor to Apologize for Mass Lynching of Italian Americans

Vigilante mob killed 11 in 1891

(Newser) - The mayor of New Orleans wants to heal what the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy calls a "longstanding wound"—the deadliest recorded mass lynching in American history. On March 14, 1891, a mob of vigilantes stormed a jail in the city and killed 11 Italian Americans.... More »

He Targeted Anyone 'Darker Than a Brown Paper Bag'

Roland Bourgeois Jr. gets 10 years for racially motivated attack after Hurricane Katrina

(Newser) - A New Orleans man is finally doing time almost 14 years after shooting three black men evacuating the region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Roland Bourgeois Jr. fired a shotgun at the young men, who were injured, because they were black and entered his Algiers Point neighborhood bordering the... More »

Birthday of New Orleans Icon Is a Little Off

The good news is that Dr. John is a year younger than most people think

(Newser) - Turns out it really was the "Right Place, Wrong Time" for Dr. John. The New Orleans-born musician, whose discography includes that 1973 hit, celebrated his 78th birthday Wednesday. But he was apparently a year early, plus a day late, per the AP . Publicist Karen Beninato said she looked into... More »

Cat Causes Power Outage Affecting Thousands

Animal got into a New Orleans substation, did not survive

(Newser) - Thousands of New Orleans residents who lost power for more than an hour Monday have a cat to blame, USA Today reports. The animal got into one of Entergy New Orleans ' substations, touched the equipment, and caused a flash. Outages started around 8:30am, and by noon, all customers... More »

Brad Pitt Just Got Sued Over His Effort to Help New Orleans

Homes built by the actor's foundation after Hurricane Katrina are falling apart, says lawsuit

(Newser) - Brad Pitt earned a lot of admiration in New Orleans when his Make It Right Foundation began building affordable homes for residents in the Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. The goodwill might be gone. Two residents sued the foundation Friday, and the proposed class-action suit makes a simple claim:... More »

3 Dead After New Orleans Gunmen Fire Into Crowd

7 wounded in shooting outside strip mall

(Newser) - Two armed individuals walked up to a crowd gathered Saturday evening outside a strip mall in New Orleans and opened fire, killing three people and wounding seven more, the police chief said. The shooting happened on a busy thoroughfare about three miles from the French Quarter, police say. Police chief... More »

Zoo: Before Killing Spree, Jaguar Bit Through Steel

Audubon Zoo seeking stronger materials for enclosure

(Newser) - A jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape from its habitat at New Orleans' Audubon Zoo is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat, the zoo's managing director said Tuesday. Kyle Burks told reporters the jaguar apparently slipped... More »

Shooting Victim Posed Doing What He Loved at Wake

Renard Matthews, 18, was posed watching his favorite Celtics and playing video games

(Newser) - After a young New Orleans man was killed, his grieving family chose to remember him doing what he loved: sitting in front of a TV with his beloved Boston Celtics on the screen. The body of 18-year-old Renard Matthews, who died from a gunshot wound to the head on June... More »

Black Man's Death in Police Custody Ruled a Homicide

Keeven Robinson's death has been ruled a homicide

(Newser) - A black Louisiana man's death while in the custody of multiple white police officers has been ruled a homicide. The Times-Picayune reports that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office had Keeven Robinson in custody after he allegedly led them on a car chase last week. The parish coroner announced... More »

10 US Cities Plagued by Murder

St. Louis' murder rate is highest, with 59.8 murders for every 100,000 residents

(Newser) - It's not exactly an honor any US city wants to claim, but 10 of them have been dubbed the "murder capitals" of America, per 24/7 Wall St. The site, which notes a recent spike in murders (nearly 1,400 more across the nation in 2016 than in 2015),... More »

Celeb Chef Steps Down After Sexual Harassment Uproar

John Besh will put 'full focus on his family,' says restaurant group's new CEO

(Newser) - After a series of allegations of rampant sexual harassment , throughout the restaurant group that bears his name, chef John Besh has left. "John has decided to step down from all aspects of operations and to provide his full focus on his family," new CEO of New Orleans-based Besh... More »

Report: Celeb Chef Blasted for Culture of Sex Harassment

25 current and ex-employees say John Besh, biz partner fostered 'kitchen bros' environment

(Newser) - More than two dozen women are accusing a celebrity chef and his business partner of fostering a Mad Men-type atmosphere they say was overrun by "kitchen bros." An eight-month probe by the Times-Picayune found 25 current and past employees who document sexual harassment while working at John Besh'... More »

Look Out, Gulf Coast, Another Hurricane May Be On the Way

New Orleans in particular is preparing for Nate

(Newser) - The Gulf Coast might get another hurricane this weekend. Tropical Storm Nate formed off the coast of Nicaragua on Thursday and was being blamed for five deaths in that country as it spun north toward a potential landfall in the US in days. The forecast track showed the storm could... More »

Some of Earliest US Landscape Photos Are Going on Display

And trip to New Orleans could be only chance to see them ever

(Newser) - Some of the oldest daguerreotypes and photographs of US landscapes are about to go on display in New Orleans, as part of the first exhibit and study of such landscapes made east of the Mississippi River, the AP reports. Photographs of vast, unspoiled Western vistas are well known, many of... More »

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